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Iraqi PM declares
Iraqi PM declares 'end of war against IS' in Iraq

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Saturday declared victory in a three-year war by Iraqi forces to expel the Islamic State jihadist group that at its height endangered Iraq's very existence. "Our forces are in complete control of the Iraqi-Syrian border and I therefore announce the end of the war against Daesh (IS)," Abadi told a conference in Baghdad. As the authorities announced a public holiday on Sunday "to celebrate the victory", Abadi said in a speech at the defence ministry that Iraq's next battle would be to defeat the scourge of corruption.

White House Names Trump Loyalist to Iran Policy Job at State Department
White House Names Trump Loyalist to Iran Policy Job at State Department

The Trump administration's pick for the Iran post will likely back a more aggressive stance.

The Latest: Dayton pressured on Franken appointment
The Latest: Dayton pressured on Franken appointment

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Latest on the fallout from Minnesota Sen. Al Franken's plans to resign following allegations of sexual harassment (all times local):

11 Net Neutrality Protest Signs That Sum Up Why People are So Angry
11 Net Neutrality Protest Signs That Sum Up Why People are So Angry

People are pissed.

With Trump, some African Americans to skip Mississippi event
With Trump, some African Americans to skip Mississippi event

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Many in Mississippi's African-American community had waited decades for a civil rights museum. But with President Donald Trump coming to the museum's opening Saturday, some will skip the eagerly anticipated opening.

Net Neutrality Supporters At NYC Verizon Store: 'We Cannot Let Them Have The Net'
Net Neutrality Supporters At NYC Verizon Store: 'We Cannot Let Them Have The Net'

From a block away, you could hear the chanting: "No, no, FCC, we want net neutrality!"; "Pai, Pai, you can't hide.

Ford Motor Company (F), General Motors (GM) Watching Subprime Auto Market

The stocks of auto giants Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) and General Motors Company ( GM) are trading at some of the lowest earnings multiples in the stock market on fears that an auto industry downturn is imminent. According to the report, the percentage of total auto loans going to subprime borrowers with credit scores below 620 is 10.7 percent, its lowest level since 2012. "For some time now, the story has been focused incorrectly on the rise in subprime lending," Experian senior director of automotive finance Melinda Zabritski says.

Two teens killed in US school shooting, attacker dead: police
Two teens killed in US school shooting, attacker dead: police

Two teens were killed in a shooting at their high school in the southwestern US state of New Mexico on Thursday, police said, adding that the assailant was dead. The attack took place at Aztec High School, New Mexico State Police said on Twitter. Initial reports of other people being wounded are wrong, San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen told a press conference.

Why are ferocious wildfires plaguing southern California?
Why are ferocious wildfires plaguing southern California?

A combination of short and longer-term events have conspired to spark a ring of fires that have dotted the Los Angeles area

Moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem Is Not a Disaster
Moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem Is Not a Disaster

But the Trump administration needs to walk a very fine line with Palestine and Arab states.

Donald Trump Jr. Responds To JLaw Saying She'd Throw A Martini In His Dad's Face
Donald Trump Jr. Responds To JLaw Saying She'd Throw A Martini In His Dad's Face

Donald Trump Jr. has responded to Jennifer Lawrence's Wednesday interview with Oprah for The Hollywood Reporter.

China says Indian drone
China says Indian drone 'invaded' its airspace, crashed

China lodged an official protest with India on Thursday after charging that an Indian drone had "invaded" its airspace before crashing, months after the two sides ended a tense border standoff. Beijing said the incident occurred "recently" at the border separating India's northeastern Sikkim state and China's Tibet region, but it did not say exactly where and when. India's army said the unmanned aerial vehicle was on a "regular training mission" when ground control lost contact with it "due to some technical problem" and it crossed over the demarcation line.

The Latest: Los Angeles fire reaches Rupert Murdoch winery
The Latest: Los Angeles fire reaches Rupert Murdoch winery

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on Southern California wildfires (all times local):

Starbucks releases a Christmas Tree Frappuccino for THE HOLIDAYS
Starbucks releases a Christmas Tree Frappuccino for THE HOLIDAYS

Starbucks is releasing a Christmas Tree Frappuccino, and don't you dare say it isn't Christmas-y enough. DON'T YOU DARE! The festive drink starts with a Peppermint Mocha Crème Frappuccino, and is then topped with Matcha whipped cream, which is supposed to look like a Christmas tree. The tree is "decorated" with caramel drizzle for garland, candied cranberries as ornaments, and is topped with a strawberry.  SEE ALSO: Crap, I forgot to get furious about the Starbucks holiday cup this year Image: starbucksThe limited-edition drink will only be available for a few days, starting Dec. 7 through Dec. 11 at participating stores in the U.S. and Canada. Starbucks has been...

Woman sentenced for trafficking teen tattooed with bar code

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut woman won't serve any more time behind bars for her involvement in the sex trafficking of a teenager who was tattooed with a bar code to show that she was property.

Hundreds of homes destroyed by out-of-control California wildfire
Hundreds of homes destroyed by out-of-control California wildfire

By Mike Blake VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - A fast-moving wildfire whipped by hot, dry Santa Ana winds destroyed hundreds of homes in and around Ventura, California, on Tuesday as thousands of residents were forced to flee ahead of the flames. The blaze, dubbed the Thomas Fire, broke out on Monday evening in the foothills above Ventura. Winds quickly drove it west into the city some 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

Oklahoma officer charged in fatal shooting of suicidal man
Oklahoma officer charged in fatal shooting of suicidal man

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma City police officer was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a suicidal man who had doused himself in lighter fluid and was trying to set himself on fire.

Martha Stewart: I 'Don't Differentiate' Between Gay And Straight Weddings
Martha Stewart: I 'Don't Differentiate' Between Gay And Straight Weddings

If the experience of attending "a lot" of same-sex weddings has taught Martha Stewart anything, it's that they're a lot more similar to their opposite-sex counterparts than some may believe.

Yemen Huthis rally after killing strongman
Yemen Huthis rally after killing strongman

Thousands of Huthi supporters rallied in Sanaa on Tuesday as the rebels cemented their grip on the Yemeni capital after killing their former ally ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Following Saleh's death at the hands of Huthi fighters Monday, fears had mounted of an uptick in the violence that has devastated the Arab world's poorest country over the past few years. A night of heavy air strikes followed in Sanaa as well as skirmishes between the Huthis and Saleh's supporters in southern districts that had been loyal to the slain strongman.

JAL invests $10 mln in Boom for supersonic jet project
JAL invests $10 mln in Boom for supersonic jet project

Japan Airlines said Tuesday it had invested $10 million in US airline company Boom Supersonic to help revive supersonic flights that could cut journey times in half. The Japanese airline company will also have the option to buy up to 20 Boom aircraft through a pre-order arrangement. The new-generation supersonic aircraft, scheduled to be launched in mid-2020s or later, has a maximum flying range of 8,334 kilometres (5,167 miles) at a speed of Mach 2.2 or 2,335 kilometres per hour.

Mexico presidency hopeful eyes tax cuts to counter Trump reform
Mexico presidency hopeful eyes tax cuts to counter Trump reform

By Christine Murray MONTERREY (Reuters) - A Mexican presidential hopeful and governor of a wealthy border state said he would cut taxes to compete with lower rates in the United States if President Donald Trump's fiscal reform passes Congress, hinting at a broader potential response in Mexico. Jaime Rodriguez, the governor of Nuevo Leon who is seeking to become the first independent to take the presidency, said he would lower "many taxes" if successful. Mexico's government has been watching Trump's fiscal plans closely, and some senior officials and lawmakers say the country may have to cut taxes if the United States does.

Seattle police chief to step down after guiding reforms
Seattle police chief to step down after guiding reforms

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole, who helped reform the department after federal officials found officers were too quick to use force against minorities, will step down at the end of the year, the mayor said Monday.

Sign Language Interpreter Accused of Gibberish Statements at 'Serial Killer' Press Conference
Sign Language Interpreter Accused of Gibberish Statements at 'Serial Killer' Press Conference

Derlyn Roberts was really signing undecipherable words during a Florida press conference on the arrest of Emanuel Donaldson III, police said.

Samantha Bee Says Her Staff Got An Icy Reception At 'Megyn Kelly Today'
Samantha Bee Says Her Staff Got An Icy Reception At 'Megyn Kelly Today'

There's no taking the sting out of this for Samantha Bee.

Texas Girl, 13, Found Safe in Mexico After Running Away to Meet Man She Met on Social Media
Texas Girl, 13, Found Safe in Mexico After Running Away to Meet Man She Met on Social Media

Ashlee Hattermann went alone to Mexico apparently to meet a man with whom she had been corresponding for a year.

Donald Trump Defends Michael Flynn By Saying Hillary Clinton Is The Real Liar
Donald Trump Defends Michael Flynn By Saying Hillary Clinton Is The Real Liar

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump on Monday defended his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, by invoking his 2016 election opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Drake Appears Panicked After He
Drake Appears Panicked After He's Caught On Camera Pouring A Drink, And It's Hilarious

Love him or hate him, you can't help but laugh at Drake sometimes.

US lawmaker: likelihood of
US lawmaker: likelihood of 'preemptive war' with North Korea grows

A top Republican lawmaker warned Sunday that the United States moves closer to preemptive war with North Korea every time Pyongyang carries out a missile or nuclear test. North Korea's test launch this week of an intercontinental ballistic missile has sent tensions soaring once again on the Korean peninsula, after a two month lull.

Paul Ryan Struggles To Explain Why Trump Shouldn't Have To Resign Over Sexual Misconduct Claims
Paul Ryan Struggles To Explain Why Trump Shouldn't Have To Resign Over Sexual Misconduct Claims

claims he wants public officials to be held to a high moral standard.

Donald Trump 'plans to sack Rex Tillerson and make Mike Pompeo secretary of state within weeks'
Donald Trump 'plans to sack Rex Tillerson and make Mike Pompeo secretary of state within weeks'

President Donald Trump last night declined to back Rex Tillerson, his embattled Secretary of State, amid reports he is set to sack him within weeks. In what would be the biggest shake-up of his senior team so far Mr Trump was considering a plan to remove America's top diplomat after less than a year, replacing him with Mike Pompeo, the current Director of the CIA. Barring a change of heart by the president, no Secretary of State will have been dismissed sooner than Mr Tillerson for nearly 120 years. A senior former State Department official told The Daily Telegraph: "This is putting Rex Tillerson out of his misery. "He'll go down in history as probably the worst...

Report: Jared Kushner Met With Special Counsel To Talk About Michael Flynn And Russia
Report: Jared Kushner Met With Special Counsel To Talk About Michael Flynn And Russia

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team questioned Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and advisor, earlier this month as part of the ongoing investigation into Russian election interference, several news outlets reported.

US calls on China to stop oil supplies to North Korea and warns if it comes to war 'regime will be utterly destroyed'
US calls on China to stop oil supplies to North Korea and warns if it comes to war 'regime will be utterly destroyed'

The United States on Wednesday called on the international community to cut all diplomatic and trade ties with North Korea - including Chinese oil shipments to Pyongyang after a groundbreaking missile test by the pariah regime. Washington urged tough action as emergency talks on the North's latest provocation opened in the UN Security Council - and after US President Donald Trump derided Kim Jong-Un as a "sick puppy" and threatened "major" new sanctions. Pyongyang on Wednesday tested its third intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) - which it claimed was capable of striking anywhere in the United States - snapping a two-month pause in missile launches. North...

Trump's Co-Author: White House Now 'Deeply Concerned About His Mental Health'
Trump's Co-Author: White House Now 'Deeply Concerned About His Mental Health'

Breaking: @tonyschwartz tells @AriMelber he knows "two different people from the White House" have called to express concerns about Trump's mental health pic.twitter.com/PyQ6gXWAq8-

NYPD Reviewing Unsolved Crimes After Suspected Serial Killer's Arrest in Tampa
NYPD Reviewing Unsolved Crimes After Suspected Serial Killer's Arrest in Tampa

Police are looking at the ballistics results used in the investigation

2018 Nissan Kicks SUV Arrives to Replace the Juke
2018 Nissan Kicks SUV Arrives to Replace the Juke

Nissan flips the mission of its tiny crossover from fun to functional.

David Duke celebrates Trump's sharing Britain First anti-Muslim video
David Duke celebrates Trump's sharing Britain First anti-Muslim video

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke praised President Trump on Wednesday after he retweeted a series of anti-Muslim videos, saying "Thank God for Trump!"

Tearful sumo champion steps down after brutal attack on rival
Tearful sumo champion steps down after brutal attack on rival

Japan's ancient sport of sumo suffered another humiliating blow Wednesday when grand champion Harumafuji retired to atone for a brutal assault on a rival wrestler while out drinking. The Mongolian "yokozuna", sumo's highest rank, fought back tears as he apologised for the embarrassment caused by a violent outburst last month that left countryman Takanoiwa with a fractured skull. "My conduct was not befitting of a yokozuna," Harumafuji told a news conference in Fukuoka, before bowing deeply to express his contrition.

Many Republicans Don't Like the Tax Bill. But They Keep Moving It Forward
Many Republicans Don't Like the Tax Bill. But They Keep Moving It Forward

Republicans' long-awaited tax reform plan inched closer to fruition on Tuesday after the Senate Budget Committee voted in favor of it.

Abominable news: Purported yeti evidence came from bears, dog
Abominable news: Purported yeti evidence came from bears, dog

For fans of the yeti, newly published genetic research on purported specimens of the legendary apelike beast said to dwell in the Himalayan region may be too much to bear - literally. Scientists said on Tuesday that genetic analysis of nine bone, tooth, skin, hair and fecal samples from museum and private collections attributed to the yeti, also called the Abominable Snowman, found that eight came from Asian black bears, Himalayan brown bears or Tibetan brown bears and one came from a dog. "This strongly suggests that the yeti legend has a root in biological facts and that is has to do with bears that are living in the region today," said biologist Charlotte Lindqvist of the University...

Trump Brings Back 'Pocahontas' Slur Of Elizabeth Warren At Event For Native American Veterans
Trump Brings Back 'Pocahontas' Slur Of Elizabeth Warren At Event For Native American Veterans

President Donald Trump made a joke about his nickname for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.),

President Trump's Pick for Consumer Agency Is Being Challenged in Federal Court
President Trump's Pick for Consumer Agency Is Being Challenged in Federal Court

His choice, Mick Mulvaney, has previously called the agency a "joke"

AP Was There: The Assassination of President Kennedy
AP Was There: The Assassination of President Kennedy

EDITOR'S NOTE - On Nov. 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while visiting Texas with his wife.

Zimbabwe's New Leaders Are None Other Than Mugabe's Former 'Enforcers'
Zimbabwe's New Leaders Are None Other Than Mugabe's Former 'Enforcers'

Jubilant crowds filled the streets of Zimbabwe's cities on Tuesday, after the country's speaker of parliament announced that President Robert Mugabe had resigned after decades in power.

A look at the 4 countries the US says sponsor terrorism
A look at the 4 countries the US says sponsor terrorism

TOKYO (AP) - North Korea is on its way back onto a very short list of countries the United States says sponsor terrorism.

Neighbor: Northern California gunman targeted victim, son
Neighbor: Northern California gunman targeted victim, son

RANCHO TEHAMA RESERVE, Calif. (AP) - A neighbor's account indicates that a Northern California shooter who killed five people this week may have targeted an elementary school as part of his long-running feud with neighbors.

Philippine troops abused rights in Marawi battle: Amnesty
Philippine troops abused rights in Marawi battle: Amnesty

Philippine troops detained and tortured civilians trying to flee a besieged southern city during a five-month battle with militants loyal to the Islamic State group, Amnesty International alleged Friday. The US-backed military campaign to retake Marawi claimed the lives of more than 1,100 people including around 900 militants, displaced 400,000 residents and reduced large parts of the city to rubble. Amnesty called on Manila to investigate claims of "serious violations of international humanitarian law and other serious violations and abuses of human rights law" in a report released a month after President Rodrigo Duterte declared the city liberated from pro-IS gunmen.

Activists praise Trudeau
Activists praise Trudeau's comments about Duterte crackdown

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Human rights advocates praised Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for publicly expressing concerns about the Philippine president's deadly crackdown on illegal drugs, with Human Rights Watch saying the "quiet diplomacy" adopted by President Donald Trump and other world leaders won't stop the killings.

After California shooting, residents seek police presence
After California shooting, residents seek police presence

RANCHO TEHAMA RESERVE, Calif. (AP) - One of the first victims of a Northern California gunman told a judge earlier this year that she and her family lived in fear of him because he was violent and unpredictable, firing off guns at all hours and threatening her with "all kinds of perverted things."

The Ultimate Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Menu
The Ultimate Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Menu

All you need is 30 minutes to get your Thanksgiving meal on the table.

Cambodia accused of 'killing off democracy' after opposition party dissolved by Supreme Court
Cambodia accused of 'killing off democracy' after opposition party dissolved by Supreme Court

Cambodia has been accused of 'killing off democracy' after the country's supreme court dissolved the opposition party and outlawed over 100 politicians ahead of a general election next year. Thursday's ruling to disband the Cambodia National Rescue Party, in a Southeast Asian country visited by about 159,000 Britons a year, was widely expected amid the worst crackdown on freedom and human rights in two decades. The government of Prime Minister Hun Sen, a firebrand former Khmer Rouge fighter who has held office for 32 years, had already accused the CNRP of plotting a US-backed revolution and jailed the party's leader Kem Sokha in September. After a horrific genocide in the 1970s, when...

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